Here are some strategies that will make your next bath remodel much easier that you thought it could be!
- Have a Plan: According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), spending up to six months planning for your remodel is a must. This will include plenty of research, both to find products in materials that you like and can afford, and to determine just what you want in your remodeled bath.
- Keep the same overall layout. This means keeping the plumbing and electrical outlets where they are, so that the most expensive part of a remodel, that is, the structural piping and wiring, does not need to be re-done. This will save a lot of money!
- Improve the lighting. Sometimes this aspect of the remodel gets put in last place. After all, the shower tile, lav countertop, faucet and toilet are much larger aspects of the remodel, but you will thank us for mentioning this, but you really need to consider the lighting. Over the vanity is the most critical; you need to be able to see what you are doing there! But having as much natural light as possible makes the bath more pleasant and enjoyable. Consider Sun Tunnels if you cannot increase window size.
- Last but not least: Hire a professional to do the work. You will be so much happier to have experienced, reliable pros to do the work. For a guide to locate that professional, check out your local BIAW and NAHB, as well as asking friends for references.
- In addition: Don’t omit a few grab bars! Your professional can install those for you during the remodel, they will NOT make your bath look institutional, they will look very stylish, and you will be glad you were brilliant to have them put in, the next time your feet feel a little slippery in the shower!